Storm Water Permitting & SWPPP

waste water running slow from a concrete pipeline direct onto a natural pond with green grass on the bank and light green small mosquito fern on the water surface
The stormwater permitting program ensures that rainfall runoff from your facility doesn’t contaminate the local watershed by defining best management practices (BMP) and operating procedures to prevent chemicals, oil, and other harmful materials from coming in contact with rainfall.

The stormwater regulations require certain industries to either obtain a stormwater permit or certify in writing that they have no harmful materials exposed to rainfall. The stormwater permit requires the development of a written Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The SWPPP must include the identification of a stormwater management team, a written description of pollutant sources and BMPs in place to prevent contamination, and an inspection program to ensure compliance.

Access can assist you with the development of the SWPPP and prepare the necessary applications to obtain the required storm water permit.

The Clean Water Act authorizes EPA and states, which are delegated the authority by EPA, to regulate point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. So-called “point sources” are generated from a variety of municipal and industrial operations, including treated wastewater, process water, cooling water, and stormwater runoff from drainage systems. The NPDES Storm Water Program, in place since 1990, regulates discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction activities, industrial activities, and those designated by EPA due to water quality impacts.

EPA’s 1990 stormwater regulations established NPDES permit requirements for “stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity.” EPA issued the first MSGP for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity on Sept. 29, 1995, and reissued in 2000, 2008 and most recently on June 4, 2015.

EPA’s MSGP applies in areas of the country where EPA remains the NPDES permitting authority. In most areas, the state environmental agency issues the stormwater permit.